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A wall that is painted with a mosaic, plants and geese. The design is a mock up of the mural that will be on the wall of City Hall. (Courtesy of the City of DeKalb)

Community to paint mural on City Hall

By Kaitlyn Lee-Gordon, News Reporter | April 17, 2023

DeKALB – The DeKalb Community is invited to help create a two-story mural along the walls of City Hall.  The design takes inspiration from agricultural and symbolic ideas expressed during workshops run by the artist, Danielle Casali. The mural will...

The palette covering up the broken window at The Fargo. The Fargo hosted an art event on April 14. (Savannah Lundberg | Northern Star)

Car crash leads to community art event

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor | April 15, 2023

DeKALB – A car crash turning into an art event is not ordinary; but it happened. The Fargo, an indoor skatepark with its own music venue at 641 E. Lincoln Highway, experienced a not-so-normal incident on March 15 when a car blasted through its front...

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Safe Passage has two upcoming events this month to uplift survivors and to fundraise for their own organization. | (Getty Images)

Safe Passage stands by survivors in upcoming events

By Joseph Howerton, Video Editor | April 14, 2023

DeKALB – Across the country, sexual assault and domestic abuse is an all-too-common occurrence that must be actively fought against. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a time to acknowledge survivors, hear their stories and prevent future assaults. Safe...

The first cover of “Northern Illinois,” now the Northern Star, that was scanned by the Special Collections and Archives department. The department is undergoing efforts of digitizing the historic editions of the paper. (Courtesy of Glidden Homestead)

Event to be held on digitizing historic Northern Star articles

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor | April 13, 2023

DeKalb — NIU’s Department of Special Collections and Archives will be hosting an event to learn more about the digitization process of older Northern Star Articles. The event will be taking place at 12 p.m. April 23 at the Glidden Homestead. Associate...

A car parked at a gas pump station.  Head of petroleum analysis, Patrick De Hann, said to expect gas prices continue rising throughout the spring.

Gas prices continue rising ahead of summer

By Kaitlyn Lee-Gordon, News Reporter | April 12, 2023

DeKALB – Illinois gas prices are increasing with prices reaching an average of $3.94 per gallon. Prices are 11.6 cents higher than last week based on GasBuddy reports.  The current average stands 31.6 cents higher than the cost last month. In regards...

Community members attending the DeKalb City Councils meeting on April 10. The City Council could not pick a proposal for the use of land between West Hillcrest Drive and Blackhawk Road. (Rachel Cormier)

City Council unable to choose proposal for Greek Row lot

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | April 11, 2023

DeKALB – The City Council meeting was flooded with over 50 community members, many in line to voice public comments about the council’s decision to either accept the “Greek Life” or the “Community Gardens” proposal to fill the former Annie...

This weeks Tails Pet of the Week, Evee, a three-year-old dog, sitting on a blanket at Tails Humane Society in DeKalb. (Courtesy of Tails Humane Society)

Three legged pooch is Tails Pet of the Week

By Daniel Massa, Lifestyle Writer | April 11, 2023

DeKALB - The Tails Humane Society pet of the week is the tripod dog named Evee. She’s the lucky gal to be featured this week to all of DeKalb’s dog lovers. Evee is approximately three and a half years old and she is a large mixed breed that weighs...

DeKalb could see a Metra train line and station in the future.

Metra study: Passenger rail service would prove paramount in DeKalb

By Joseph Howerton, Video Editor | April 7, 2023

DeKALB – NIU might not be the largest university in the state without a passenger rail service for much longer, as a recent study conducted by DeKalb, NIU and Sam Schwartz Consulting suggests. The feasibility study to extend Metra commuter rail services...

A sign denoting a polling location hangs from the door of Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center, the on-campus polling location for the consolidated election Tuesday in DeKalb. The election saw a 10% turnout for registered voters in DeKalb County. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

DeKalb City Council election results trickle in

By Bridgette Fox, Written Managing Editor | April 4, 2023

Editor’s note: This piece will be updated to reflect the results as votes are counted. Unofficial results can be found on the DeKalb County website. DeKALB – Elections for DeKalb City Council alderman in wards 1, 3, 5 and 7 were held Tuesday. This...

Cliff, a three-year-old pitbull, sits on a blanket at Tails Humane Society in DeKalb. (Courtesy of Tails Humane Society)

Tails Pet of the Week: Cliff

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | April 4, 2023

Meet Cliff, the gentle 15 lb. pitbull who’s this week’s Tails’ Pet of the Week. Cliff is a fit, floppy-eared good boy who loves to give kisses just as much as he’d like his butt scratched. He is 3-years-old and gets along with cats and dogs...

DeKalb City Council candidate profiles

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | April 4, 2023

         

Clouds sweep over MLK Commons and the Holmes Student Center Monday on campus. Severe weather and strong winds are forecasted for Tuesday and Wednesday night. (Christian Quevedo | Northern Star)

DeKalb County may experience hazardous weather Tuesday

By Kaitlyn Lee-Gordon, News Reporter | April 3, 2023

DeKALB – Hazardous weather is expected to hit Tuesday in DeKalb County. According to the National Weather Service, severe thunderstorms and forceful winds ranging from 40 mph to 50 mph are anticipated for Tuesday and Wednesday night. Sophomore...